The Lipton Questionnaire

Every few years, I find myself answering the whimsical questions posed by James Lipton on his show ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’ (and before him, posed by Bernard Pivot on his programme ‘Apostrophes’). Of course, the questions come after the Marcel Proust popularised parlour game questionnaire from the late 1800s (which I’ve also answered over on my photography blog). As I’ve done on previous blogs, Facebook, and live journal before it, I answer them every few years to see how my answers change over time.

What is your favourite word?

What is your least favourite word?

What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?

What turns you off?
A feeling of resignation

What sound or noise do you love?
The excitement of the Glasgow Barrowlands when the lights go down

What sound or noise do you hate?
The cracking of joints. Goes right through me.

What is your favorite curse word?

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Football data analyst. Really.

What profession would you not like to do?
Accountant – your company would be in the gutter by the weekend.

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
“Look, mate. You did the best you could. You learned a little late at times, but you got there in the end. The piano falling on you was a little bit unfortunate but you’re here now. The chocolate’s over there, and… fancy an Irn Bru?”

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